Central Texas Man Indicted On 63rd Birthday For Murder

Jerry Borchardt (Jail photo)

WACO (September 11, 2013)—The McLennan County Grand Jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging murder (habitual) against Jerry William Borchardt in the July 2012 suffocation death of his estranged girlfriend.

Borchardt, who remains in the McLennan Jail in lieu of $1 million bond, turned 63 Wednesday.

The indictment stems from the death of Carol Jean Wagner, 60.

Wagner’s son found his mother’s badly decomposed body on the night of July 30, 2012, wrapped in a blanket and lying on her bed inside her home at 108 Pinto Drive in Eddy.

Borchardt was arrested several days later.

He told investigators he suffocated the woman with a pillow, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Grand jurors also returned an indictment Wednesday charging evading arrest or detention in a vehicle, tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance against Thomas Eugene Brannon, who was arrested in May after he crashed his pickup truck during a high-speed chase.

McLennan County deputies found methamphetamine in the truck, authorities said.

Brannon remains jailed in lieu of bonds totaling $40,000.

Vanessa Leann Wilkerson, 38, of Waco, was named in a two-count indictment charging injury to an elderly individual in connection with an attack in June on one of her great grandparents.

She remains jailed in lieu of $24,000 bond.

The charges stem from an incident on May 16 during which an 88-year-old woman, her 65-year-old husband and another 59-year-old woman were beaten, police said.

Police said officers were sent to an address on McKenzie Avenue after an elderly woman reported that her great-granddaughter had come to her house demanding money.

The elderly woman was taken to a local hospital and was treated for a broken arm, police said.

She told officers the woman had also assaulted a 65-year-old man and another 59-year-old woman.

Antoine Demetrius Degrate was named in a three-count indictment charging indecency with a child (habitual), attempted aggravated sexual assault (habitual) and failure to register as a sex offender (enhanced).

He’s held on bonds totaling $32,000.

He was arrested in June after a 12-year-old girl was solicited for sex and improperly touched as she rode on a city bus.

He didn’t appear on the McLennan County Jail log on Wednesday.

The girl reported the incident to the driver of the Waco Transit System bus, police said.

The driver confronted the man the girl identified, but the man jumped off the bus at a stop and ran away.

Police reviewed video from a security camera on the bus and from that were able to identify a suspect.

Allen Wayne Rodriguez, who was arrested in June after a girl younger than 13 reported she had been sexually abused over a period of two years, was named in an indictment charging one count of continuous sexual abuse of a young child and five counts of sexual assault.

The girl, who now is 14, is pregnant, police said.